The Globe winitii is a perennial rhizomatous plant originating in Thailand. It is usually grown in a container, as an indoor plant; it produces compact tufts of lanceolate leaves, carried by thin, slightly fleshy stems, the foliage, as it stretches, tends to arc, and is pale green or bluish green in colour.
From the end of spring till autumn, it produces particular pendulous inflorescences, formed by small yellow flowers, subtended by bracts of an intense pink colour; usually, they develop up to 30-45 cm of height. There are several cultivars, very compact, or with flowers of particular colour, from the candid white to the lilac. With the shortening of the days, in autumn, the leaves begin to dry up and the plant goes into vegetative rest.
These plants can be cultivated also in the garden, in the low borders, where they produce quite wide tufts of leaves. They are also used as cut flowers.
In order to be able to admire the Winitii globes in all their beauty, it is important to guarantee them an adequate positioning in such a way as to satisfy the specific cultural needs of our plants. The globes prefer shady or semi-shaded positions, in fact, they fear excessively prolonged exposure to direct sunlight which could cause the yellowing of the leaves. Usually they are cultivated in apartments.
When they enter the vegetative period, it is necessary to reduce the watering, leaving the rhizome mostly dry; if desired, it is possible to place them in the garden, in a shady place, but it is advisable to unearth the rhizomes in autumn, and store them in a cool and dark place until the spring.
During the growing season, from March to October, let’s water regularly, trying to keep the soil quite moist, but not too soaked in water to avoid waterlogging. When the plant begins to lose its foliage, in autumn, we thin out the watering, until they stop during the winter. From March to October, we mix to the water some watering of the fertilizer for flowering plants, every twenty days about.
Another aspect to take into consideration if you want to cultivate the Globe at its best is the type of soil to be preferred. The soils are ideal, soft, loose, rich of organic matter and very well drained, slightly acidic; let’s prepare a suitable soil by mixing a two parts of peat, a part of universal soil and half of sand.
The multiplication of the plant can take place by seed, in spring, in this case the young plants bloom in the second or third year; in autumn we can divide the rhizomes, practising portions which include some well developed roots
Globba winitii: Parasites and diseases
In general, these species do not suffer from the attack of parasites and diseases; the main problem found in the cultivation of the winitii globba concerns rather the watering: if the quantities of water are excessive, they can favour the development of the rot of the rhizome, if scarce, they can cause the withering of the leaves. Be careful then to dose the irrigations in the appropriate manner to allow the plant to grow healthy.